Which Captain Left Behind A Better Team? Gautam Gambhir Reveals His Pick Between Sourav Ganguly And MS Dhoni

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Credits – Twitter)

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said Sourav Ganguly left a better team behind him than the one left by MS Dhoni. The former opening batsman recently took part in a poll conducted by ESPNCricinfo where he had to pick one between Ganguly and Dhoni as the better captain.

Other former players who participated in the poll were former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and former India opener Kris Srikkanth. There were several parameters to decide the better captain between the two former India captains and one of them was ‘Teams left behind’.

Speaking on the same, Gautam Gambhir said that Dhoni has not given enough quality players to his successor Virat Kohli. He said that Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the only few world beaters left behind by Dhoni. On the other hand, he said that Ganguly gave Indian cricket the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag.

Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni
Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. (Credits: Twitter)

“When MS Dhoni finished (his captaincy stint), he hasn’t given enough quality players to Virat Kohli, apart from Virat Kohli himself and Rohit Sharma. Or Jasprit Bumrah now. There are not too many world beaters, or probably people who win you tournaments,” said Gautam Gambhir.

“But look at what Sourav Ganguly gave to Indian cricket. Yuvraj Singh, man of the series in two World Cups [Yuvraj was only man of the series in the 2011 World Cup. Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag – these kinds of world beaters,” he added.

Ganguly and Dhoni are two of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket. While Dhoni is the most decorated Indian captain of all-time, Ganguly is widely regarded as the captain who instilled a winning culture in the Indian team. Ganguly is also regarded as the captain who taught the team to win Tests outside home.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni with the 2011 World Cup (Credits: Twitter)

Under him, India won Test series in Pakistan, Zimbabwe and won Test matches in England and Australia. He had also led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup against all the odds. On the other hand, Dhoni took India to the top of ICC Test rankings for the first time.

He also helped the team win Test series in New Zealand and win Test matches in South Africa and England. He is the first and so far only captain to have won all the three ICC tournaments.

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